World Lit: Iliad Book 1, OPTIC


  • ELAGSE9-10RL5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL7 Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums (e.g., Auden’s poem “Musée de Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus), including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will analyze a piece of artwork using the OPTIC strategy and compare the heroes Achilles and Hector.

Opening Session

We’re going to start today by finishing up book 1 and going over the reading comprehension questions you answered yesterday, so grab your packets!

Work Session

Look at the piece of artwork I have on the screen – it’s called  “Achilles Slays Hector” by Peter Paul Rubens. While you look at this, I am going to play a song called “Cry of Achilles” by Alter Bridge. As you look and listen, write down whatever comes into your head – thoughts, feelings, things you notice about the picture, anything!!


Take a look at this OPTIC handout I’m handing around – you might also notice this is on a poster in the room 🙂

We’re going to use the OPTIC strategy on the wall and go through it as a class. We’ll discuss what we see and why we think the author made those specific choices.

Closing Session
To end the day, I want you guys to write me a paragraph for an exit ticket: Who do you think is more admirable, Achilles or Hector?

Formative (OPTIC write ups, paragraphs, class discussions)

Process (scaffolding, learning style)

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